Been holding off on of these for awhile but finally decided to just add it when I ordered the new iPad. Currently using a macMini as HTPC but it's not the best interface, input, etc.
Hardware wise, not all that excited and on the software not really sure i like the new UI but the upgrade to 1080 and upgrade to iTunes to allow access to my past movie purchases i love i was surprised at how many movies i had available and i am glad to see they included my digital copy versions as well.
Now what has me intrigued is iOS 6. what will it bring to the new Apple TV? i was hoping they were going to announce it with the new iPad.
Well the price is pretty incredible as it already was. I use my 2nd gen a lot for AirPlay and renting. Now with the 1080p it's gonna be even awesomer (LOL). The new UI you can also get on the 2nd gen. Photo Stream was already in there too. Match too, Genius I saw before too. So for me the only reason is 1080p.
It's not worth upgrading to from a current gen ATV, but if you're still rocking a 1st gen or don't have anything at all in your living room, it's definitely a great pickup. I've got a Mini driving my Plex already, so the living room is already tackled for me. I -do- have 2 ATVs (2nd gen) deployed to secondary TVs in the house, none of which support higher than 720p, so there's no incentive at all to replace those. The new UI and all the other software bells and whistles will come via update anyway.
edit: I'd be remiss in not mentioning the awesome that is AirPlay (as ssstraub did above). Turning every ATV connected device into an AirPlay target for any media content adds huge value over other devices like the roku or boxee.
I think the Roku is a better deal unless you really really need mirroring of your iPad or Mac on your flat screen.
One word: AirPlay. Nothing like it on Roku for us iOS owners.
Still not enough of a reason to upgrade/switch when I already have 1080p and Hulu Plus on my Roku boxes.
Very disappointed. You would think that with the addition of 1080p, they would have also added the ability to passthrough HD audio insteady of limiting it to 5.1. What good is ripping a blu ray so you can watch it through ATV and then not be able to enjoy the full sound. Very very disappointing. Time to give up on ATV and look elsewhere.
Depends on if the 2nd gen ATV gets the UI updates. 1080p is nice, but not nice enough to upgrade since I sit like 15' from my TV anyway.
Aaa and it did get the UI update, so no need for me to upgrade yet.
I will be picking one up as long as it can be jailbroken so I can run XBMC. I've been waiting for this 1080p device for a while now.
There's one feature I was really looking for in the new AppleTV, which was HDMI pass through. Plug cable into AppleTV, AppleTV into tv. No more switching inputs, even things possible like picture-in-picture.
Highly unlikely this'll ever happen. HDMI's plug is way too large; no way Apple's gonna cram more than one onto the unit. If Apple releases future revisions of the product, I would expect them to move towards a miniDisplayport connector and sell you an adapter rather than continue using the HDMI interface.
Having lived through the limitations of the gen 1 Apple TV, I just can't make myself go back to that. I am currently using a Logitech Revue, but will be experimenting with some different HTPC setups when my Raspberry Pi arrives.
I'm curious how they'll treat old customers on it. #1, with my Apple TV 2nd Generation, can I get most of the features in an update? Obviously won't get 1080p, but the new UI good? And #2, presumably all my old TV shows will stream from Apple in 1080p, but how about all the movies I've bought?
If they offer free updates to all old HD movies to 1080p (and maybe a discounted update price for SD movies previously purchased), I'd be very tempted.
To be honest I can't wait to get one just to jailbreak it and put XBMC on it. For $99 that makes it an unbeatable value media player (once its full power is unlocked). It should really fly and look sensational in 1080p. Of course a jailbreak may or may not take forever given I imagine the security of the a5X and iOS 5.1 is pretty hardcore
If you only plan to XBMC it anyway, you'd be better off, and have a lot more flexibility, with a Raspberry Pi... not mention you'd spend $65 less.
No Hulu Plus is a deal breaker for me. I'd be willing to get rid of my Roku and go with an Apple TV if it had it.
I'm definitely going to be picking one up as soon as they're available. 1080p alone is enough of a feature bump for me to consider it, especially since TV and Movies are getting the same bump on iTunes. That to me is actually the bigger news. The new UI will likely be an improvement as well, although I admittedly don't have much of a problem with the current UI. Looking forward to getting my hands on one though.
I do wonder if the upcoming display mirroring with Mountain Lion will require this newest generation of Apple TV or if it will still work with the 2nd gen version.